Archive for December 17, 2010

101216 TVXQ’s Jung YunHo and Shim ChangMin To Make Official Comeback In January 2011

onhap News released this news on the 13th of December whereby SM Entertainment stated that UKnow YunHo and ChoiKang ChangMin will be making a comeback as TVXQ with 2 members. TVXQ will release their new album next year on the 5th of January and also their new single in Japan on the 26th of January.

This is a new album from TVXQ after 2 years and 3 months after the release of their 4th album “Jumon-Mirotic” in September 2008. The duo finally is making an official comeback after being inactive for approximately one and a half years. TVXQ had gained much support as a result of their perfect and magnificent stage performances. Their comeback as a duo has attracted a lot of attention with respect to their music as well as their fashion concepts.

Last month, TVXQ revealed the news of their comeback and also of the release of their new album on the 5th of January 2011 on their official fan site. Since this is TVXQ’s new album after 2 years and 3 months since September 2008’s release of the Mirotic album, the new album has gained much attention globally. The album includes various genres of songs that depict a more adept and skillful performing abilities of UKnow YunHo and ChoiKang ChangMin. The concept of the style for this album also shows a more charming side of the duo. Everyone is really looking forward to its official release after a teaser photo showing the new concept was released on the 13th of December.

In the promotion pictures released after the announcement of their comeback, the duo posed as angels in black and white, completely different from the previous delicate concepts that they had. Fans who saw the promotion pictures commented that they were not shocked by their new concepts at all, but they couldn’t recognize them and that those are really unexpected new concepts.

SM Entertainment said that UKnow YunHo and ChoiKang ChangMin put their hearts into recording the songs, thus making the album more complete and fulfilling.

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101216 TVXQ’s New Single Ranks No.1 On Pre-Order Charts In Japan

Male duo band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]

Korean boy band TVXQ’s new single has received the most pre-orders in Japan, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.

SM revealed in press release today that TVXQ’s new album, set to go on sale in Japan on January 26, took first place on the daily and weekly pre-orders list of HMV Japan, a major online shopping and information sites for music, DVD, games and others goods.

The single has already been selected as the main theme song for upcoming Japanese drama “Beautiful Neighbors (美しい隣人)” which will go on air on Fuji TV starting January 11.

The boys will also take part in the soundtrack for a drama in Korea as well — singing a song for SBS spy action-thriller “Athena” which is the spin-off to last year’s blockbuster TV series “IRIS.”

TVXQ, one the leading dance groups in K-pop scene since debuting in 2004, was formerly composed of five members Hero Jaejoong, Mickey Yuchun, Max Changmin and U-Know Yunho.

However, after disputing with agency SM over the unfairness of their 13-year exclusive contract, Jaejoong, Yuchun and Junsu halted their activities as TVXQ and instead formed trio JYJ.

TVXQ is now a duo group led by two remaining members Changmin and Yunho who are set to resume their activities in both Korea and Japan in January.

Japanese HMV music website for pre-order’s list

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101214 Kim Junsu Stars In 2nd Musical “Tears Of Heaven” – Press Conference Q&A Reporter : Jang Kyung-Jin

Reporter : Jang Kyung-Jin
Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk
Editor : Jessica Kim

From left, musical “Tears of Heaven” cast Jeon Dong-suk, Jung Sang-yoon, Kim Junsu, Yoon Gong-joo, Lee Hye-ri and Brad Little pose during a photocall of a press conference held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on December 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Love that bloomed during the Vietnam War in 1967 in musical “Miss Saigon” has arrived in the upcoming “Tears of Heaven.” The new production derived from singer Jo Sung-mo’s music video for song “Do You Know” (2000), is about the love triangle between Korean soldier Jun (Kim Junsu, Jung Sang-yoon, Jeon Dong-seok) dispatched to Vietnam, female singer Lyn (Yoon Gong-joo, Lee Hye-i), and American Colonel Grayson (Brad Little).

In September of 2009, Seol & Company CEO Seol Do-yoon had declared the production “cannot be produced in Korea since our goal is to go to Broadway.” And a year later, “Tears of Heaven” really came to be produced by a creative team who “has worked on-Broadway before.” Frank Wildhorn of “Jekyll & Hyde” will compose the songs, Gabriel Barre of “Memphis” which swept four awards at this year’s 64th Tony Awards will direct and David Gallo will take charge of the stage’s design.

First and secondary readings for the script took place in New York a year ago and the English version of the soundtrack has been completed. And the idea for the musical may have come from Korea with its producer also being Korean, but the show, set to run at the Main Hall ‘Hae’ of The National Theater of Korea from February 1 to March 19 of next year, will show in the format of a licensed production with English lines and the lyrics for the songs translated. Judgement into whether the show is a success or a failure and how well it was produced will come when the show raises its curtains but until then, the interview below will quench your initial thirst regarding “Tears of Heaven.”

Kim Junsu speaks at a press conference for musical “Tears of Heaven” held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on December 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Q: It seems like it’ll be inevitable that “Tears of Heaven” will be compared to “Miss Saigon” because both are set during the Vietnam War and are about the love between a Vietnamese woman and a dispatched soldier.

Seol Do-yoon: If you think the two are similar because they’re set during the same time period, it would be the same for “Les Miserables” which is about the French Revolution or the “Phantom of the Opera” about the Opera House in Paris. That’s why I had asked our creative team from overseas, including Frank Wildhorn, about whether they had watched “Miss Saigon.” But the only similarity is that the setting is the Vietnam War. If you must compare the two, “Miss Saigon” told more about the Bui Doi or social phenomenon such as the ‘American Dream’ while “Tears of Heaven” is focused on love. And while “Miss Saigon” starts off with the actual photograph of the Vietnamese woman parting with her child at the airport, we start off with Jo Sung-mo’s music video for “Do You Know.” We held two workshops in New York with our producer there, officials related to the theater and several experts but not once did they say it’s similar to “Miss Saigon.”

Q: The fact that you cast Kim Junsu is definitely eye-catching. For what reason was this and what process did he go through to get the part?

Seol Do-yoon: Kim Junsu went through a private audition for his role, just like the rest of the cast. Of course we thought of how his casting would affect the production in terms of success but his capability as a musical actor had already been verified through “Mozart!” I felt that he was the right one for his role and the majority of creative teams overseas agreed to it as well.

Kim Junsu: I’m here today as a musical actor although I feel a bit ashamed to call myself one. This will be my second musical after “Mozart!” and unlike the previous production, “Tears of Heaven” will focus more and love along with elements of betrayal and conflict. And I personally think music is most important to a musical but Frank Wildhorn’s music was different from that of “Mozart!” –classical but containing a lot of pop music-like elements so I feel like that’s what I could do a good job of bringing out. It’s true that I’m very nervous as well but I’d like to enjoy the situation I’m in with the audience.

Jung Sang-yoon attends a press conference for musical “Tears of Heaven” held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on December 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Q: You did “Mozart!” but you must feel a lot of pressure in terms of the acting since you’re originally a singer.

Kim Junsu: The pressure applies to singing as well. I went through a lot of trial and error while doing “Mozart!” because singing pop music is different from singing in a musical. There are differences in terms of vocalizing and how you weave in your emotions into your singing, although both are based on the same form of language that we call singing. And a lot of people are worried about my acting. All I can say for now is that I’ll work hard and improve on it so that I’ll become a better musical actor.

Q: There was controversy a few days ago over how much actor Cho Seung-woo receives for each show he stars in for musical “Jekyll & Hyde.” How much Kim Junsu made through “Mozart!” got revealed at the time as well. How much will he get for “Tears of Heaven”?

Seol: How much or how less one receives as a guarantee fee compared to someone else isn’t important because there isn’t a definite criteria — it’ll depend on a variety of factors including the number of shows or the size of the theater. But if I may say so officially, Kim Junsu is taking part in “Tears of Heaven” with no guaranteed fee. The agency he is with invested in the production so he’ll be given a certain share of the production’s stake when it starts making profits.

Jeon Dong-suk speaks at a press conference for musical “Tears of Heaven” held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on December 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Q: Jung Sang-yoon and Jeon Dong-seok, you’ll be switching off the role of Jun with Kim Junsu. Why did you choose to take on this role and could you give us a brief explanation of your character?

Jeon Dong-seok: I personally love Frank Wildhorn’s music so I’m happy to get to take part in another one of his productions after “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The songs are classical numbers and go well with me. Jun goes to Vietnam after giving up on his dream to become a writer. I see him as a character who is both sensitive and artistic.

Jung Sang-yoon: I played the role of Raoul for over a year in “Phantom of the Opera” so after being in one production for such a long time, I was full of the desire to take on a new musical and character and was lucky enough to get to choose a good musical. At first Jun is attracted to Lyn for her looks and voice but he’s someone that wants to cure her of the surprisingly dark and gloomy side to her.

Q: Brad Little, this will be your third time appearing in a musical in Korea after “Phantom of the Opera” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” What sort of character is Colonel Grayson?

Brad Little: I think I must be the first non-Korean actor who has been in Korean musicals. (laugh) Colonel Grayson is the staff officer of the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command. He falls in love with the beautiful Vietnamese singer Lyn and he wants her to love him back but it doesn’t happen so easily. It feels like he’s similar to the phantom from the “Phantom of the Opera” but he’s also completely different from phantom as well. There will also be a passionate and romantic theme to the article like in “Jekyll & Hyde” which female fans are bound to love so you can look forward to that as well. (laugh)

Q: In what language will the production be created? Colonel Grayson appears as a main character in the musical.

Seol: Grayson will say his lines in English and all the characters who speak with him will also speak in English. But conversations with Jun will be in Korean. This is a method that has almost never been attempted before and it may be difficult for the audience to immerse themselves into the story because there will be subtitles but we judged that it’s the right way to go about it. That’s also why the actors are pressured about the English but I told the producer yesterday that it may be better for the actors to have their characters use Korean-style English and Vietnamese-style English rather than speak the language perfectly.

Brad Little speaks at a press conference for musical “Tears of Heaven” held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on December 13, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Q: The participation by creative teams from overseas stands out.

Seol: The musical numbers by Frank Wildhorn are much more commercial and pop-like compared to his past work. They also have a degree of completion which is enough to appeal to fans in the United States. And David Gallo is a stage designer who has won the Tony Award in Broadway but he too will work in a different pattern than he has in the past including incorporating a lot of video. We have the perfect designs for each scene but they could change when we actually start making the musical. I am a bit worried that it may turn out too artistic.

Q: What’s the reason you insisted on working with a foreign crew when the production itself is Korean?

Seol: It would have been great to work with a Korean crew but there definitely needs to be improvement in certain areas. And a lot of people may be skilled but none of them have experience in Broadway and we need people from there to win.

Q: The show will premiere in Korea but is planning on touring to Asia and the rest of the world. In what way will the show run overseas?

Seol: The musical will still be in Korean when it goes on tour in Asia but when it goes to Europe and the U.S., we plan to pick an entirely new cast composed of actors from the countries the musical will show in.

Q: Has the schedule been set for the world tour?

Seol: Everything is in it’s planning stages right now. In the case of “Dream Girls” from 2009, it was easier to tour overseas since it was based on a production that’s already out but “Tears of Heaven” will run for the first time so I think we’ll start setting a schedule after producers from Japan and Europe come and watch our Korea show in February.

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101213 JYJ As The Only Korean Artist On 2010’s Best Album Poll

According to reports from the Korea Media, the trio from Korea’s famous group TVXQ who filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment due to contract issues, who is also known as JYJ and formed by Kim JaeJoong, Park YooChun and Xiah JunSu, obtained the 5th place in America’s “Billboard Magazine Readers’ Poll for 2010’s Best 10 Albums”. They have become the only Korean artist appearing on the chart.

JYJ recently released their first worldwide album “The Beginning”, and now they even got hold of a spot in the Billboard chart. Currently at the Billboard magazine’s website, you can also see JYJ’s exclusive introduction page, which includes their biographies, the performances of “Ayyy Girl” which is one of the recorded tracks in the album, some videos of interviews and more.

Apart from that, the album from the famous producer Kanye West who collaborated with JYJ, was also at the 10th place. The first place went to the American Idol-born singer David James Archuleta’s album, while the second and the third place went to rap artist Eminem and America’s country group Lady Antebellum respectively.

Source: XinMin News
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101209 JYJ’s Park Yoochun’s Tiny Face Is A Hot Topic

Recently, various entertainment sites revealed the photo taken by Micky YooChun and actors of the drama “SungKyunKwan Scandal”, Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In. Micky YooChun’s small face has been a hot topic amongst netizens. On the 28th of November, despite the cold weather, Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In came to support JYJ at their concert and left only after the concert ended, proving the strong friendship between the trio. The trio’s popularity has increased due to the drama “SungKyunKwan Scandal”, making the photo that they took in the dressing room look like a poster instead.

Although Yoo Ah In and Song Joong Ki have exceptional features, but Micky YooChun’s incredibly tiny face has gained much more attention. Compared to the other two who are already regarded as stars with small faces, Micky YooChun’s small face surprised the netizens. Many netizens made comments like “YooChun’s face is too small!”, “Not only is his face small, he’s also so handsome”, and “The three look so good~”.

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JYJ’s Junsu sells out 10,000 seats in 5 minutes for “Tears of Heaven”

JYJ’s Junsu has shown the effects of his popularity once more by managing to sell out all 10,000 seats for his musical, “Tears of Heaven,” in just five minutes!

Tickets were open for sale on the morning of December 16th, and the box office site later crashed under the flood of fans looking to reserve tickets. Representatives of the producers revealed, “The first round of tickets featured a total of 18 showings for sale. Out of the 18, Junsu was to appear in six of them for a total of 10,000 seats. Within five minutes, all 10,000 of Junsu’s seats were sold out, confirming that he’s one of the greatest stars with the best ticketing power.

“Tears of Heaven” will begin on Feburary 1st of 2011 for a total of seven weeks, and will be expanding overseas with Broadway as its goal.

Source: Newsen via Nate
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101215 MASTER POST – JYJ Twitter Update

This post will be updated throughout the day with tweets by Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu ^^
A time will be added with each tweet as our translators will not always be able to provide instant translations
This post includes tweets from 6am KST, December 15th to 5:59am KST, December 16th.

Arden wishes Junsu a Happy Birthday
(Arden) @0101xiahtic Happy birthday Junsu~ Have fun on your birthday! (9:55am KST)
(Junsu) @arden_cho Thank you~^^ (11:04am KST)

Mozart Love for the Birthday Boy ^^
(Young Ki) @0101xiahtic Happy birthday Junsu, I hope the musical you’re practicing for does well^^ And come see The Three Musketeers~~ Anyway, happy birthday (10:48am KST)
(Junsu) @poimin73 Thank you, hyung~^^ I hope The Three Musketeers becomes a hit!! (11:02am KST)
(Young Ki) @0101xiahtic I’m anticipating Tears of Heaven, I’ll watch it for sure^^ I hope you have a really great day today^^ (11:04am KST)
(Junsu) @poimun73 Be strong too, hyung~ Hwaiting^^ (1:19pm KST)

It seems JYJ will be going back to LA soon!
(Shane) @mjjeje Are you doing well? (3:14am KST)
(Jaejoong) @shaneyoon I’m doing well^^ Hyung, are you doing well? I’m just busy with work these days~~ (12:11pm KST)
(Shane) @mjjeje I’m hard at work too! When are you coming back to LA? (3:49pm KST)
(Jaejoong) @shaneyoon I think we’ll be going back soon^^ I want to eat LA Korean food (7:23pm KST)

Cat Lady Strikes Back
(Junsu) Peek-a-boo~ (1:41pm KST)
(Junsu) Peek-a-boo~ (1:41pm KST)
(Junsu) Peek-a-boo~ (1:42pm KST)

Joo Yeon wishes the Kim Brothers a Happy Birthday too
(Baby J) My friends, the Kim brothers who I love, I wish you a Happy Birthday once more Wow~~ Today’s the coldest it’s ever been~~ㅠㅠ My nose is runninghaha Go Go Ssing to rehearsal today in the hopes of a better tomorrow Everyone, have a happy day today, and wear warm clothes when you leave the house (2:27pm KST)
(Junsu) @babyj616 Thanks Joo Yeon~ (2:50pm KST)

Another one of Baby Brother’s sisters gets Twitters, and he’s taking English classes!
(Suk Jin) @mjjeje Baby brother, Min Gyung noona made a Twitter account too. Congratulate her since making the account took a lot of effort keke(7:53pm KST)
(Jaejoong) @kkjj4 Okay ^^ I’m on my way home after work, but I have to go straight to my English class ㅠ I’ll do that tomorrow, noona ㅜ (8:36pm KST)

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